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Health Minister announces £3.9m for new Blaenau Ffestiniog health centre

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

A new community health centre for Blaenau Ffestiniog is to be built with £3.9m of funding from the Welsh Government, Health & Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford announced today (Weds 16th December).
Wednesday 16 December 2015

The primary care resource centre is to be built on the site of Blaenau Memorial Hospital, a listed building funded by donations with special significance to local people.

The new centre for Blaenau Ffestiniog is being established following public consultation and supports the Welsh Government's vision for the health service of providing care in the community and closer to people's homes.

It will provide a range of appropriate community based services reflecting the clinical needs of patients. There will be improved integration with primary care, community care, social services and voluntary care all being located in one site.

The proposed development is one of three integrated health and social care centres identified to be delivered as part of agreed changes across North Wales along with Llangollen and Flint.

The new centre will include:

  • Improved GP services with the ability to expand and improve recruitment;
  • Consultant led palliative care outpatients and specialist nurse clinics, consultant led respiratory outpatients clinics.
  • Improved children’s services in a dedicated suite. More child and adolescent mental health services, provide a permanent midwifery base and antenatal clinics;
  • Increased paediatric speech and language sessions, consultant paediatrician and community paediatrician outpatient sessions,  school nursing and health visiting services at the same site;
  • Return of learning disability services to Blaenau with a regular consultant psychiatrist clinic. Provide a new base for mental health and substance misuse with  increased group sessions;
  • Introduce new telemedicine facilities to improve access to services, through the installation of a technology suite. This will allow a range of virtual outpatient clinics to be established across a number of specialties;  
  • Create new community dental accommodation with potential to attract an NHS salaried dentist.

Mark Drakeford said:

“This £3.9m investment shows our commitment to creating community based health facilities closer to patients moving from hospital locations, where appropriate.
“The new primary care resource centre at Blaenau Ffestiniog will provide an expanded range of health services from one site, from paediatric services, palliative care, child and adult mental health services through to the latest telemedicine facilities.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Chairman, Peter Higson said:

“We’re delighted that funding for Canolfan Goffa Ffestiniog has been approved.

“We are confident that the state of the art development will improve primary and community services for the residents of the town, delivering a wider range of health, social care and voluntary services in fit for purpose premises. We also expect that the new Centre will become a focal point in the town for health, wellbeing and lifestyle advice and support.”



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Health and social services 16 December 2015 Programme for Government - Healthcare South East Wales

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